The Leipzig School of Human Origins
c/o Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 252
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 119
e-mail: leipzig-school@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
MPI-EVA, Deutscher Platz 6, Room U0.26
18 Oct - 31 Jan, Monday and Friday 9am-10:30am (see specific dates in schedule below)
This module consists of 10 lectures and 7 practical sessions exploring the scientific study of the role of human behavior and culture in both the evolution of our species and the dynamics of human societies. Humans are geographically widespread, physiologically rather all the same, but behaviorally highly diverse. The focus of this course is to present evidence for this diversity and address evolutionary theories meant to explain it. Big questions to be addressed include: Why is our species successful? What makes us different from other apes? Why does menopause exist? Why are human families so variable in form? Why are some societies less equal than others? How does technology evolve? Why did people start farming? How does culture evolve? Why don’t chimpanzees have cities? The practical sessions are designed to teach students how theory is used to predict behavior. The tools we’ll focus on, optimization and game theory, are widely applicable far beyond the course material.
Click here for additional information and the course outline.
>>> Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 11.30 am, Laura Hagemann (Department of Primatology): Genetic inference of gorilla population dynamics at Loango National Park, Gabon population history using archaic human genomes <<<
For information on location, please see here.